Documentary Filmmaker and Inclusion Advocate Dan Habib Explores Perceptions of Intelligence

Monday, February 29, 2016Intelligent Lives Poster
7 - 8:30 p.m.
LeChase Hall, Genrich-Rusling Room
University of Rochester's River Campus

Award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib will screen the preview of his new film, a documentary with the working title of Intelligent Lives, followed by a discussion/Q&A. Habib will also screen and discuss his short film Thasya.
Intelligent Lives will explore how segregation of people with intellectual disabilities became the norm, why this segregation is slowing being dismantled, and how some people with disabilities are blazing a bold new path. The documentary film Thasya follows eight-year-old Thasya Lumingkewas, who has autism and thrives at Maple Wood Elementary School in Somersworth, N.H., where school staff has implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories, and many other short films on disability-related topics. He is a filmmaker and project director at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability.

This event is sponsored by the Institute for Innovative Transition, housed at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. For special accommodations or questions about the event, please contact the Institute at 585-275-2454 or

Tags: Dan Habib, disabilities, film